As the new year approaches, I have spent some time thinking about the year that is ending and what I want for 2023. I am a goal-oriented person because it gives my mind something to focus on. Without a target, it is too easy for me to feel like I am stagnating and then I get depressed. 2022 was a good year but not a great one. I accomplished my biggest goal, which was to finish my first novel, called I Never Get Lost in the Woods. It will be published and available very soon. The protagonist of the story, Sandra, is a young adult like me who has autism and limited verbal skills. She is pushed to her limit in the story and figures out a lot about her capacity in the process. I want to be challenged this year also (hopefully not like Sandra was challenged but I am definitely ready to get outside my comfort zone.)
So, I have a list of goals in my head. Thanks for indulging me as I write them down and make them public.
- See a book with my name on it on someone else’s bookshelf.
- Have a successful typed conversation with my older brother without an intermediary.
- Run two marathons or maybe even an ultra (Dad? You can do it).
- Give a talk in front of strangers.
- Write a blog post once a week.
- Practice typing on my own for ten minutes every day.
- Find a new favorite hike.
- Travel to a new place out of state.
- Spend more time with my older brother.
- Learn one new self-reliance skill.
- Save some money that I earned myself.
- Spend some money that I earned myself.
That’s a good start, I think. I really want to push forward toward more self-reliance this year. I rely too much on my parents. I want to keep progressing toward more independence. I am using too many crutches. My novel has inspired even its author to find myself and to push harder to break out of my shell. Aaron